Mastercard Foundation Scholars Programme at Sciences Po 2020/2021 for African Students

Applications are open for interested and suitably qualified candidates for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Programme at Sciences Po 2020/2021 for African Students. The full application details for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Programme can be accessed below.

Mastercard Foundation Scholars Programme

Applications are open for the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Sciences Po 2020/2021. The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Sciences Po aims to support 126 talented African students through their studies and to offer the next generation of leaders a world-class social science education, so they can go on to become changemakers in their home countries. The scholarships are awarded for a period of three years for the Bachelor’s degree, two years for the Master’s degree and one month for the Summer School.

Over six years (2017 – 2022), the Scholars Program will fund:

  • 20 scholarships to complete the Sciences Po Bachelor of Arts programme, Africa specialisation
  • 46 scholarships to complete a Master’s programme at one of their seven graduate schools
  • 60 scholarships reserved for Mastercard Foundation Scholars studying at other partner universities and who would like to attend Sciences Po Summer School.


  • The scholarship covers the full cost of tuition fees at Sciences Po and living costs in France during the study period.
  • As well as funding their studies, Sciences Po will offer scholars a specific suite of resources to ensure they have appropriate academic support and to facilitate their transition from education to employment:
    • An orientation programme and individualised academic advising throughout their studies at Sciences Po
    • A mentor programme offered in collaboration with the Africa Division of Sciences Po Alumni
    • Career guidance and support: an online job platform dedicated to professional opportunities in Africa (internships and first jobs), access to their business incubator and the network of employers and alumni working in Africa, and specific career workshops.


Open to students from sub-Saharan African countries with an outstanding academic record and strong leadership potential, but who face financial and other barriers to higher education.

  • Undergraduate Applicants
    • You must be in your final year of high school and not yet have started a post-secondary education;
    • You must have a very good level of French and English – minimum level B2;
    • You must be able to show that you lack financial means to pursue higher education.
  • Masters Applicants
    • You must have completed your undergraduate studies at a foreign higher education institution and have at least a Bachelor’s degree;
    • Minimum C1 level in English or French depending on the programme you are applying to;
    • You must be able to show that you lack financial means to pursue higher education.
  • Summer School Applicants
    • You must currently be a Mastercard Foundation scholar at a Mastercard Foundation partner institution;
    • You must be supported by an institution partnered with Sciences Po under the programme;
    • You must demonstrate a track record of leadership and/or service within your community.

How to Apply

Click on the respective program to apply:

For more information, visit the Mastercard Foundation.

Deadline: December 5, 2019 (Masters Applicants)/January 29, 2020 (Undegraduate Applicants)


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